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Jimmy Tanaka

Jimmy Isao Tanaka died Oct. 10 in Grass Valley. He was 85.

A service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward, Calif.

He was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Fresno, Calif.



Jimmy was known by many of his friends as “Tiny.” By age 13 he earned a black belt in kendo. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, owned a restaurant in Fresno named “Jimmie’s Cafe,” and an award-winning landscaping business for 17 years.

He also worked at Good Chevrolet for 10 years and Kirala’s for over 11 years. Jimmy loved to golf, bowl, ski, as well as following sports, and good food, especially Japanese. His travel adventures included Japan, Hawaii, Bali, Paris, England and throughout the United States.




He is survived by Betty, Gary and Ruby, Glenn and Barbara, Gabe and Eileen, John and Cindy; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many family and friends.


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